Rivers of Russia

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Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise – 11 Days

Included Sightseeing Tours and Shore Excursions

  • MOSCOW Panoramic city tour by motor coach
    Inside tour of the Kremlin with one Cathedral
    Tour of the fabulous Armory Museum
  • UGLICH Walking tour, inside visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood
  • YAROSLAVL City Tour, Transfiguration Monastery, Church of Elijah the Prophet
  • GORITZY Visit to an authentic local peasant house
  • KIZHI Walking tour of this unique island museum
  • MANDROGI Walking tour, Authentic BBQ lunch with wine and entertainment
  • ST. PETERSBURG Panoramic City tour by motor coach
  • Inside Visit of Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Tour of the fascinating Hermitage Museum

Highlights

  • Welcome cocktail and meet the crew
  • On board concerts (Russian dances, folklore or similar)
  • On board discussions: Russia past & present, Russian Art & souvenirs, Russian Language…
  • On board games, dance lessons, talent show
  • Blini/caviar tasting with vodka/champagne
  • Authentic riverside BBQ with a glass of wine or soft drink
  • Captain’s farewell dinner with vodka/champagne

Features

  • Arrival & departure transfers on days of embarkation/disembarkation (if air purchased with us)
  • Accommodations for 10 nights in all outside facing cabins in category of your choice
  • A total of 29 meals – (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners)
  • Early riser coffee, bottled water replenished daily in cabins, free WI-FI where available
  • Live music performed each evening + folk concert performed by our on board musicians
  • Lectures on Russian History, Art and Modern Russia today (subject to passenger interest)
  • English speaking Cruise Managers throughout + local guides and drivers in each city

Day 00 FLY to Russia

Depart on your overnight flights to Russia (with connecting flights in Europe depending on airline used).
In-flight meals and beverage services are provided as per individual airline policy.

Day 01 Arrive in Moscow Embarkation after 2 pm (D)

Upon your arrival to Moscow, please proceed through customs. In the arrival hall you will be met by one of our cruise managers and transferred to the port for embarkation. An information meeting will either precede or follow dinner. Afterwards, enjoy your first night aboard your floating hotel. (Cruise only passengers with transfers on their own – services begin with embarkation.)

Day 02 Moscow (B, L, D)

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 12+ million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions.

  • Morning City sightseeing by bus: A half day tour of Moscow’s major highlights including the humongous Red Square, famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and other attractions. Return to the ship for lunch. The afternoon is free for optional pursuits (May be combined with the Kremlin & Armory tours in which case a boxed lunch will be provided)
  • Optionals: Moscow by Night Tour: A wonderful opportunity to see this magnificent city illuminated in its full glory!

Day 03 Moscow SET SAIL: PM (B, BL*, D)

  • *Morning Kremlin & Armory Museum Tour: Get an inside look at the Kremlin and its fascinating Cathedrals, as well as the gargantuan Tzar Cannon and the giant Tzar Bell. Continue to the Armory Museum located within the Kremlin Grounds, the renowned depository of Royal Russian riches including samples of weapons, carriages, thrones and the famous Faberge eggs. .(*If provided the previous day, this day will be free for optional pursuits and independent activities.)
  • The balance of the day is free to explore some more on your own or to join one of the optional excursions offered by our cruise managers such as the famous Moscow Metro and Arbat Street.
  • Welcome drink and Crew Introduction: Meet the Captain and Crew and enjoy a drink on the sun deck (weather permitting) as you set sail on your wonderful Volga adventure in the late afternoon.

Day 04 Uglich (B, L, D)

Walking tour of Uglich: Visit Russia’s second oldest city (only one year younger than Moscow).
The city is famous for the more troubled and violent side of Russian history. It was here that the Russian crown prince Dimitri was assassinated, which eventually led to Boris Godunov ascending the Russian throne. Here, on the banks of the Volga, you can also find a rich collection of Russian Orthodox architecture which you will get to see, including an inside visit to the Transfiguration Cathedral, the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry and others. Some free time for browsing and shopping of local souvenirs. Then, back on board, enjoy various activities from games to lectures organized by our wonderful on board staff.

Day 05 Yaroslavl (B, L, D)

Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city also ranks as one of the oldest in Russia. Its primary attractions are in the area around the main square with the church of Elijah the Prophet .Your city tour will include a visit to the Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery dating from the 13th century and the Church of Elijah the Prophet. On board, our activities will be highlighted with a folk concert by our on board entertainers!

Day 06 Goritzy (B, L, D)

This morning, stop at a typical small rural Russian village along the Sheksna River, a tributary of the Volga. Here you will visit an authentic village house where your host, Baba Valya (Grandma Valya) will welcome you and show you around her home! In the afternoon, as the ship continues sailing upstream, enjoy a Caviar tasting party on board, featuring blini pancakes with vodka, champagne and red caviar!

Day 07 Kizhi (B, L, D)

Take a leisurely walking tour of this fairy tale island, situated in the northern part of Lake Onega. Kizhi is unique as the site of an outdoor museum which represents the picturesque rural wooden architecture of the region. Its most famous landmark, the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 cupolas, is an outstanding masterpiece of wooden architecture. Not only is it constructed without a single nail or piece of iron, but the only tools that were used for its construction were chisels and axes. Legend says that Master Nestor, who built the church, threw away his tools when the work was finished saying, “This church was built by Master Nestor. There is no church like this in the world and there will never be one again!”.

Day 08 Mandrogi (B, BBQL, D)

After breakfast, explore on foot, this replica of an authentic 19th century Russian Village. Instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique riverside picnic lunch in the village setting! The Russian shashlik barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment by our on-board musicians (In case of unforeseeable bad weather, the lunch will be served on board). Then, be sure to visit the unique Vodka Museum featuring over 2500 varieties of Russia’s national drink! But that’s not all! As you continue sailing in the afternoon, prepare for our Farewell Captain’s Gala Dinner as you approach our final destination, gorgeous St. Petersburg!

Day 09 St. Petersburg (B, BL*, D)

This morning arrive to St. Petersburg. This city, one of the most beautiful in the world, is located on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, in the delta of the river Neva. There are 65 rivers and canals flowing through St. Petersburg, as well as 42 islands. Peter the Great founded the city in 1703 and from 1712 until 1918 it was the capital of the Russian Empire. With over five million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Russia and because of its many canals, bridges and architectural beauty, St. Petersburg is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

  • City sightseeing tour by coach: Get to know this truly magnificent city during your morning city tour which will guide you past Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, The Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan, the Admiralty Building, Palace Square with the residence of Russian czars known as the “Winter Palace”, the “Bronze Horseman” monument to Peter the Great, Smolny Monastery, the cruiser Aurora, and the fascinating bridges over the river Neva which are raised every night in order to enable the passage of ships sailing to the Baltics. An inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and the burial site of Russian Tzars, will end the tour on a high note. Return to the ship for lunch and the balance of the day is at leisure.
  • Optional Canal cruise: Enjoy a wonderful 1 hour glide through the canals of the central part of the city where you can marvel at the architecture, the sights and sounds from a different perspective!
  • Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/folklore or similar) available for purchase on board.
  • Tour of the Hermitage Museum, one of the greatest museums of the world! Located within the 1000+ room Winter Palace, the Hermitage boasts of over 3 million artifacts spread out over 365 rooms and featuring an amazing collection of art dating from the early Greek to modern times! Pay special note to the old master originals of da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rafael and others. After the tour, return to the ship for lunch or partake in an optional tour available for purchase on board.
  • Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/folklore or similar) available for purchase on board.

Day 10 St. Petersburg (B, L*, D)

Today is a full free day to explore the sights and sounds of St Petersburg on your own, or to take advantage of one of our optional tours such as the highly recommended Palace Combo Tour* (Palace Tour must be pre-purchased with your cruise to reserve and guarantee entrance tickets – estimated cost $110 pp).

  • Optional PALACE TOUR: The morning features an excursion to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty. Here you will tour the impressive Catherine’s Palace, including the fabulous Amber Room. Then continue on to Peterhof Palace to visit the enchanting gardens featuring magnificent views of the Baltic Sea and its famous fountains powered only by the force of gravity. A boxed lunch will be provided for this full day program.
  • Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/folklore or similar) available for purchase on board.

Day 11 St. Petersburg – Home Disembark 09:00 am (B)

Bid your crew and fellow passengers goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home. (Cruise only passengers who have not purchased transfers through us – services end with breakfast.)

Day 00 FLY to Russia

Depart on your overnight flights to Russia (with connecting flights in Europe depending on airline used).

Day 01 St. Petersburg EMBARKATION after 2 pm (D)

Welcome to St. Petersburg! Upon your arrival, meet our guides in the hall after exiting customs, and transfer to your floating hotel for check in. This evening meet your Cruise Director for an information meeting followed by dinner and a well-deserved overnight.

Day 02 St. Petersburg (B, BL, D)

After breakfast, board your bus for full day tour of this magnificent city! One of the most beautiful in the world, the city is located on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, in the delta of the river Neva. There are 65 rivers and canals flowing through St. Petersburg, as well as 42 islands. Peter the Great founded the city in 1703 and from 1712 until 1918 it was the capital of the Russian Empire. With over five million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Russia and because of its many canals, bridges and architectural beauty, St. Petersburg is often referred to as the “Venice of the North”.

  • The morning is reserved for a Tour of the Hermitage Museum, one of the greatest museums of the world! Located within the 1000+ room Winter Palace, the Hermitage boasts of over 3 million artifacts spread out of 365 rooms and features an amazing collection of art dating from the early Greek to modern times! Pay special note to originals by old masters such as da Vinci, Rembrandt and Rafael. After a break for lunch (lunch box provided) continue on to your…
  • Panorama City sightseeing which will guide you past Nevsky Prospect, St Isaac’s Cathedral, The Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan, the Admiralty Building, Palace Square with the residence of Russian Tzars known as the “Winter Palace”, the “Bronze Horseman” monument to Peter the Great, Smolny Monastery, the cruiser Aurora, and the fascinating bridges over the river Neva which are raised every night in order to enable the passage of ships sailing to the Baltics. An inside tour of Peter and Paul Fortress and burial site of Russian Tzars, will end the tour on a high note. (*NOTE: Programs may be operated in reverse depending on Hermitage availability)
  • Optional Canal cruise: If taking the optional canal cruise, enjoy a *boxed lunch while cruising the magnificent canals through the city center.
  • Optional Evening Cultural Performance: End your day with an optional cultural performance (ballet/theater/folklore or similar) available for purchase on board.

Day 03 St. Petersburg Set Sail pm (B, BL*, D)

Today is a full free day to explore the sights and sounds of St Petersburg on your own, or to take advantage of one of our optional tours such as the highly recommended Palace Combo Tour.

  • Optional PALACE TOUR: The morning features an excursion to Pushkin, the former village of the Russian royalty. Here you will tour the impressive Catherine’s Palace including the fabulous Amber Room. Then continue on to Peterhof to visit to the enchanting gardens of Peterhof Palace, with magnificent views of the Baltic Sea and its famous fountains powered only by the force of gravity. A boxed lunch will be provided for this full day program. (Must be pre-purchased)
  • Tonight, as the ship prepares to sail, enjoy a welcome cocktail, safety briefing and introduction to your Captain and Crew as you bid St. Petersburg goodbye and sail on into the sunset!

Day 04 Mandrogi (B, BBQL, D)

After breakfast, take a walking tour through this authentic replica of a 19th century Russian Village. Afterwards instead of lunch on board, you will enjoy a unique picnic lunch riverside! The Russian shashlik (kebob) barbecue will be accompanied with entertainment provided by our on-board musicians. Then, be sure to visit the unique Vodka Museum featuring over 2500 varieties of Russia’s national drink! (In case of unforeseeable bad weather, the lunch will be served on board).

Day 05 Kizhi (B, L, D)

Take a leisurely walking tour of this fairy tale island, situated in the northern part of Lake Onega. Kizhi is unique as the site of an outdoor museum which represents the picturesque rural wooden architecture of the region. Its most famous landmark, the Church of Transfiguration with its 22 cupolas, is an outstanding masterpiece of wooden architecture. Not only is it constructed without a single nail or piece of iron, but the only tools that were used for its construction were chisels and axes. Legend says that Master Nestor, who built the church, threw away his tools when the work was finished saying, “This church was built by Master Nestor. There is no church like this in the world and there will never be one again!”.On board activities will include a blini and caviar tasting and a folk show performed by our on board entertainers!

Day 06 Goritzy (B, L, D)

On board activities and lectures in the morning. This afternoon, stop at a typical small Russian village along the Sheksna river. Here you will visit an authentic farm house where your host, Baba Valya (Grandma Valya) will welcome you and show you around her home!

Day 07 Yaroslavl (B, L, D)

Founded by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century, the city is one of the oldest in Russia. Its primary attractions are in the area around the main square. Your city tour will include a visit to the Transfiguration of the Savior Monastery dating from the 13th century and the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

Day 08 Uglich (B, L, D)

Walking tour of Uglich: The city is famous for the more troubled and violent side of Russian history. It was here that the Russian crown prince Dimitri was assassinated, which eventually led to Boris Godunov ascending the Russian throne. Here on the banks of the Volga, view the inside of the Transfiguration Cathedral and the outside of the Palace of Tsarevich Dmitry. Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

Day 9 Moscow (B, L, D)

Enjoy the views as you approach Moscow around lunchtime. Moscow, the capital of Russia, is situated between the banks of the rivers Oka and Volga. A metropolis of 12 million people, Moscow today is not only the seat of the Russian government but also home to many world renowned attractions!

  • PM City sightseeing by bus: A genuine introduction to this exciting city is our guided sightseeing tour by bus featuring Moscow’s major sights such as the humongous Red Square, famous St. Basil’s Cathedral and the impressive Kremlin.
  • Optional evening: National dance show or the romantic Moscow by Night Tour

Day 10 Moscow (B, BL*, D)

  • AM Kremlin & Armory Tour: Get an inside look at the Kremlin and its fascinating Cathedrals, as well as the gargantuan Tzar Cannon and the giant Tzar Bell. Then continue on to the fabulous Armory Museum, the world renowned depository of Royal Russian riches including samples of weapons, carriages, thrones and the famous Faberge eggs.
  • The balance of the day is free to explore some more on your own or to join one of the optional excursions offered by our cruise managers, such as an excursion to the famous Moscow Metro with a stroll down the pedestrian Arbat street.
  • Optional evening: National dance show or the romantic Moscow by Night Tour

Day 11 Moscow – Home Disembarkation: 09:00 am (B)

Bid your crew and fellow passengers goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home. (Cruise only passengers who have not purchased transfers through us – services end with breakfast)

Moscow

Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery- 48 Euro pp
Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery comprise one of Moscow’s most beautiful attractions. Also known as the New Maiden’s Convent, the convent may be best known as the place where Peter the Great imprisoned his half-sister Sofia after deposing her and taking over as tsar of Russia. He later confined his first wife to the convent as well. Originally built as a fortress in 1524 to commemorate the conquest of Smolensk, the convent features 12 battle towers.  Considered Moscow’s most prestigious burial site since the 18th century, the cemetary bears the unique and artful gravestones of many of Russia’s literary, musical, and scientific heroes — and more recently, modern Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin.
Metro (3 Stations) & Arbat walking/bus combo tour - 42 Euro pp
Arbat district changed over the centuries. Originally populated with craftsmen and merchants it became the favorite site of aristocracy in the late 18 century. The most famous noble families settled here. One of such noble mansions was rented by Alexander Pushkin after his marriage to Natalie. The Moscow high life was beyond his means. This couple had to move into the countryside leaving behind spectacular balls and luxurious assemblies.  In late 19th century a large number of poets, thinkers, musicians and actors inhabited Arbat district. Most of them coming from impoverished noble families shaped Russia’s cultural life.
Pushkin Fine Art Museum - 50 Euro pp
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most representative collections in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days. The exposition of the Museum includes today a vast collection of tinted plaster casts of famous ancient, medieval and Renaissance sculptures and a collection of original works of foreign artists, sculptors and graphics together with objects of decorative arts.  The rooms of the ground floor present mainly the original works: works of art of Ancient Egypt, antiquities, European paintings of the VII-XVIII centuries; two halls – Italian and Greek courtyards are housing casts. On the first floor there are rooms with casts of Ancient Greece, Rome, Middle Ages and Renaissance. The rooms of painting acquaint the public with the art of the XIXth and XXth centuries.

National Russian Folk & Musical Extravaganza – 75 Euro pp
Moscow By Night (evening bus tour with refreshments) – 40 Euro pp
On Board Russian Vodka Tasting (5 vodka’s with snacks) – 20 Euro pp

St. Petersburg

Palace Tour: Catherine’s Palace (including Amber Room) & Peterhof Palace (park with fountains only) – 95 Euro pp
Romantic Canal Cruise with snacks and a glass of champagne – 55 Euro pp
Cossack Folklore Show – 60 Euro pp
Ballet at local Theater Houses – from 95 to 125 Euro pp
St. Isaac’s Cathedral – 40 Euro pp
Nevskaya Lavra Complex – 45 Euro pp
Shuttle transfer to the city center round trip (on last day) – 25 Euro pp

M/S Andrei Rublev

This classic 5 deck ship, renovated in 2013, and refreshed in 2017, features excellent public areas including 3 bars and 2 elegant restaurants featuring International and Russian cuisine with 1 seating for all. A cozy nook with free computers and wi-fi is also available (subject to signal). All cabins are outside facing, apprx. 110/120 sq ft, and include 2 lower pullman style berths, private bathrooms with toilets and fully separate, tiled showers, air conditioning, mini-fridge, mini-safe, flat screen TV, closet space and a PA system. A number of larger Jr. Suites featuring 2 windows that open are also available.  Low deck cabins have portholes. All other cabins feature big picture windows that open to allow for fresh river breezes.  A vivacious crew of 112 serves a maximum capacity of 240 passengers along with an English speaking Cruise Manager and wonderful English speaking Cruise guides. Non smoking interiors. On board currency – the Russian Ruble.

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